October 29th

1390 – The first trial for witchcraft leads to the death of three people in Paris.

1618 – Walter Raleigh, an explorer and writer, is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England.

1675 – Leibniz first uses the long ‘s’ as the sign for an integral. (For those who don’t know what an integral is, don’t ask – it is a maths term. It means the opposite of differentiation, to add an extra factor of ‘x’ to the equation)

1941 – Ten thousand Jews are massacred in the Kaunas Ghetto by German soldiers during the Holocaust.

1964 – A burglary at the American Museum of Natural History results in irreplaceable gems being stolen, including a 565 carat gem called the Star Of India. All of the gems bar one were found and the culprits were given a 3 year prison sentence.

1967 – Jack McVitie is murdered by the Kray twins, leading to their capture. (This is relevant to anyone who has recently watched Whitechapel on ITV! – And no, Jack McVitie was not a biscuit manufacturer!)

1969 – The first ever computer to computer link is established. This is the basis for the Internet and is called the ARPANET.

1991 – The American space probe Galileo approaches 951 Gaspra, becoming the first spacecraft to visit an asteroid. (The 951 Gaspra is an asteroid in the inner asteroid belt.)

1998 – 77 year old John Glenn becomes the oldest man to go into space. In this same mission, HDTV is first used. (It is a day for space firsts – I suppose he must have been the ‘star’ of the mission…)

1998 – A fire in a Swedish nightclub kills 65 and injures a further 200. The maximum recommended capacity was 150 people.

2002 – A fire destroys a department store where 1500 people were shopping in Vietnam. Over 60 died and a further hundred were injured. (This is not a good day for fire departments! Did this news spread rapidly?)

2004 – Al Jazeera broadcasts a video of Osama Bin Ladin. In this video he takes credit for September 11th 2001 attacks for the first time.

2005 – A bomb in Delhi kills over 60 people.


1960 – Cassius Clay wins his first professional flight in Louisville, Kentucky. He is more famously known as Muhammad Ali.


Joseph Goebbles – Nazi politician, close associate of Adolf Hitler (1897), Edwin van der Sar – Manchester United goalkeeper (1970), Michael Vaughan – English cricketer (1974)

Number 1s

Crickets – That’ll Be The Day (1957)

Gerry&The Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone (1963) (This is an incredible song!! Taken from the musical Carousel, it was adopted by Liverpool fans world wide to become the anthem round Anfield)

Mary Hopkin – Those Were The Days (1968)

Ken Boothe – Everything I Own (1974) (Does anyone else think this sounds like Kif from Futurama singing?)

Jennifer Rush – The Power Of Love (1985)

Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers – That’s What I Like (1989) (Genius – what a compilation of great songs!!)

Coolio featuring LV – Gangsters Paradise (1995)

Spice Girls – Holler/Let Love Lead The Way (2000)

McFly – Star Girl (2006)


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